Free Market Healthcare? Favorite Country? Ron Paul Answers Viewer Questions



hello everybody and thank you for tuning in to the Liberty report with me today is Daniel Mika Adams Daniel good to see you Paul today I am told that I'm in the hot seat our viewers get to ask me a few questions so I will do my very best to answer these questions so what do you have in store have he received a few questions we always enjoyed I enjoy doing it cuz I think it's a lot of fun and I learned something every time we have such a huge response whenever we put this out we put it out just a little bit a little bit of time ago and we've got so many good questions you don't even have a cheat sheet I see over there oh yeah so let's cut to the chase then and let's take a look at the first question we have from our viewers this is from Evan Webb and he asks under a free market health care system how would you guarantee people wouldn't suffer simply because the treatment is unaffordable well my guess is that he probably has a hint on that answer for that because if you want to worry about unaffordability of medical care look at obamacare look at what the premiums are doing and look at the services so yes I think it's an interesting question because I've had the experience of practicing medicine both in when it was still pretty free-market and I got out of medical school in 1960 so that was still before Medicare and Medicaid or some government but it was minimal and you need to paid your bill so are you had your own insurance and it wasn't so much you know the big corporations that worked with the government taxing programs to provide to provide the health care so it wasn't a a worry I think it's a worry now that it's unaffordable when you either can't get it or cost too much and that's been a consequence of more government we've had the more expensive it's been but sometimes the the costs are hidden if if you can regulate insurance and regulate government taxation all some people who need medical care they don't even realize what it might be costing but if you want to have the maximum but now the best medical care you have to have a freer market and that's what we don't have we have we have monopoly control of medication medical care whether it's the drug companies or whether it's the insurance companies so the first thing is I I don't think you can have it's not gonna be perfect it never was perfect even when there was a lot less government so then that doesn't happen it's not gonna happen but if you want the best care it has to be the way we deliver still a lot of products in this country in the market where there's competition and where prices are always driven down rather than up even in medicine we know when the market is there market is working there are people who are modest income people who really want to have LASIK surgery down or some plastic surgery done and lo and behold the doctors accommodate they do it they extend credit they give discounts and prices keep coming down and that's what would happen in in free market and medicine but the scare tactic is they'll be out in the streets and nobody would be healthy to have health care and I've said so many times in talking about health care that one of my first jobs after I got a medical degree was working at the Santa Rosa hospital in in San Antonio and it was a church hospital and you know they paid me yeah you know really nice little wage of $3 an hour but I was learning I was still just out of school and but nobody ever got turned away so I I think medical care would be more extensive the place where it's hard to argue this is where there's a mandated service and somebody has a serious illness and he has to change his company or something and if you just allowed the market to work and say oh we don't want to cover you because you have a pre-existing condition but that's all a consequence of government interference if we were in a free market we would be ensuring our children very young they'd pay insurance and hopefully never use it for 20-30 years the insurance companies could calculate that but the insurance would stay with them and it would be for catastrophic insurance and you would never be paying for the office calls when I started my medical practice in private practice in 1968 the office call was five dollars you know but people had five dollars and but it's the more the government got involved the higher the expenses wins and when government is involved everybody charges the most of the doctors get more careless and whether it's an insurance company or the government they charge the maximum is instead of charging the the least and you know you know the insurance companies charge Lowe's drug companies that pharmaceuticals cost more and laboratories trust more hospitals charge more and there's all kinds of things but that is all a consequence of government so if we want the best quality service at the best price we ought to have enough confidence that the best way to distribute medical care is the same way we distribute so many other things you know where prices go down whether their cell phones are your opportunity to buy a hamburger you know oh my god you're not going to distribute it like that but it's it's there's no monopoly control there's competition and there's too much monopoly control in medicine whether it's a drug company the insurance company health care and the medical profession because there's not a lot of people who who know a lot about medicine could provide a lot of good medical care as long as they don't lie about their qualifications so it's a real shame for us to look at it those of us who understand the market and medicine on what has happened and right now I don't see a quick solution coming with the debate going on in Washington right now that's for sure well let's go to number two this is from get up on the screen this is from Liberty kid and it says how can we have tax reform without spending reform is it worth not cutting taxes if we will not cut spending good question well you know there was a little talk I gave on the House floor one said spending is a tax so it is we do separate the two the spending is here and the taxes up here you spend too much you tax but it's not that simple because if you don't have the money you borrow the money and that's a cost and somebody else pays it for it later on a ten-year bond people in ten years pay for it but what if they still don't get enough borrowing the system is they just print a Treasury bill in a computer really and they create the money out of thin air which is a tax so it's a it's a cost and it's immediately there but the reason why this is an interesting question is the important thing is to spending you know if if we don't deal with the spending then we're always going to have a tax problem so if you but the question does come up in a practical sense of you know the argument and sometimes the supply siders versus the libertarians that say and they'll say that some will argue well you can't lower taxes because you'll increase the debt and there's there's some truth to that but somebody might argue yeah but you're increasing the debt but you're delaying it and it keeps the bubble going for a while longer but I think the the the biggest problem is the spending and I keep reminding myself all spending is a debt it always gets paid for and it's always paid for unfairly the rich don't pay for these things even though they pay more income tax the real tax is the loss of jobs of people who are permanently unemployed the people have to pay higher prices and can't afford it and right now there's hauler and industry and people don't have enough money to pay their bills of course the government tells us there's no inflation so they don't get any cost of living Risa's in in there you know social security and different things but there's a lot of inflation but the one thing is if you don't connect on s'en trait on the spending then what you're going to end up with is the inflation tax and this is the thing that I have frequently said is that the Austrian School of Economics and the particular Mises said that if you do this you will destroy the middle class that happens every time you destroy a currency that the people who really suffer and I thought it was so dramatic in this last recession that's generally true gradually and steadily but especially in the last bail out the wealthy got bailed out they had been making billions anyway and then foreign banks got bailed out foreign governments got bailed out but still the average person who last lost their home even today the conditions are so messed up that there's it's very difficult for a lot of people not to be able to buy a house and they say all the Millennials they don't buy houses because they're they're a different society and they don't care I don't believe that for a minute they don't because they don't qualify and people have tightened up because of the past housing bubble but in spite of all that there's still a lot of manipulation there still is gonna be another housing bubble there's good there's many bubbles out there it's one big bubble and it comes from this whole question of you know taxes and and spending but my rule in Congress was if I had just a vote to cut taxes and don't deal with the spending I would vote to cut the taxes and somebody said well you will increase the deficit but it won't matter whether you if if you don't want to increase the deficit and then you can't raise the taxes but if if people keep spending and taxing the people through inflation all there's always going to be a tax there but I would always vote to lower taxes because I think that's that's the real culprit but behind that culprit is the bigger one what should the role of government be and it's the spending that we have as a society indoors thinking we can do it forever but forevers is getting close to ending it will go on to number three and I like this one a lot I think it's an interesting question if we can get it up on the screen it's from Landry Harmon is there any governments economic or foreign policy that you like we're always pretty critical here so that's a good question it's so which one well you know in this country I can think of a few a few small groups of society that are very responsible and take care of themselves you know take it take the Amish and the Mennonites they don't get involved in this in a matter of fact they provide in a voluntary collective way for their medical needs you know everybody chips in but that's because they're culturally one unit and but they're self-governing they're much more self-governing and they try to avoid some of the shortcomings of our modernized society but but it does work and this the this is what we used to have and of course you know when the country was founded governments were very small it was intended that the states would be small but of course that doesn't happen and we have to criticize what's going on whether it's C income tax is the federal reserve's spending too much too many wars and all this and it is true somebody says why do you have to be negative and you shouldn't be that it has to be always positive and I do I can speak about positive things a whole lot but somebody told me once never feel bad about think of yourself as a fireman you know you're coming here and you're trying to put the fire out and that is very very very positive but internationally there's not a whole lot we can go to even the people that we throw out a few suggestions that they're doing the right things there it's very rare but the one country that I think it has done well has been Switzerland recently they've backed off a little bit from the soundness of their currency they held on to independence the Swiss franc you ever look I look at a chart some day of the comparison of this Frank and the US dollar since 1971 and it's straight down for the dollar and the Swiss franc has been a much stronger currency but why I like it is nobody can remember who the president of Switzerland is because their executive essentially doesn't exist you know and they have a managed to stay out of war and and that to me is fantastic but well they said well it's it's probably because they're protected by the mountains yeah in this day and age they're protected by the mountain but they're protected by a system where they have always stayed neutral in in war and when you think of the 20th century with World War one in World War two where Europe was blowing up literally they still existed and they still had their independence and they they don't you know send troops to Iraq and these different places like we do I think they would probably I haven't looked at it they may even have a problem with migration now they might have been drawn in from this but basically they're not seen as the culprits of helping to contribute this in the Middle East so I think if people want to look for a system that has work where it's independent and smaller and emphasizes individual responsibility I think Swiss sets a pretty good example yeah there's a next one is from e-w Journal coming up and it says representative masse calls for a fed audit you've been asking for years will the Fed finally be audited well let's hope so because last week of course the committee Banking Committee passed it out you know to to have that fan audit essentially the same bill that I have heard a good many years tremendous progress on the Fed issue and I compared to where we were in a 1956 t 70's when I first went nobody knew about the Fed or cared about the Fed and it was mysterious and it was politically incorrect to even mention the Fed but things are a lot different now a lot of people know about it especially since the last crisis that we had because the Fed got involved with qyz and bailing on to the tune of trillions of dollars and hasn't helped the economy and they already they created the bubble before they were never blamed for creating any problem it always says capitalism causes downturn the Federal Reserve protects us and able to boost the economy so that's why they had the dips the Fed saving us from capitalism but that isn't true they caused the booms and they caused I caused the bus but we don't know about enough about it they're the big secret is what they do with foreign sources we know that trillions of dollars were transferred and manipulated moved around during the last crisis up to fifteen trillion dollars but we never know the details of it and they don't want us to be involved they say well you know we don't want to politicize it well it's politicized by a small group of people and they're not actually officially recognized by government they said they're very much involved they don't want us to know really what's going on who benefits from this Tara Mendez power and our central bank the Federal Reserve it's much more powerful than any other in the history of the world because now we have the most global listing economy ever and the dollar is still the kingpin but although not as strong as it used to be and it eventually will will fail and that that's why we need to know about it will they you really get a thorough audit I have my doubts that's hope but sometimes you know presidential candidates will say they support something and then they fade away and they have a different opinion even on medical care and right now although our current president said he'd go along with an audit we'll have to wait and see we'll see even if the house leadership will out to come to the floor and be voted on then we'll go through the Senate and then would the president sign this and if if the lot of people will support it if they know darn well it's never going to pass because they know there's a lot of I hear now I'm very concerned about the the Federal Reserve we should know more about it but I don't think it's it's important question it's important we keep working on that it's important that we work to get rid of the Federal Reserve but the odds of us getting the vote in the political momentum that we can challenge the banking system and the military-industrial complex all these people I mean that is their their big-time supporters of the Federal Reserve so the odds of us getting enough political clout in Washington to gradually wean ourselves off this thing I don't think it's not very good but there's a very good chance that we may well see and not the very distant future that there will be an elimination of the Fed by its own doing you know when I think of the the elimination of the Soviet system back in the 70s and 80s that it would disappear and would be a benign devant not many people were saying it not many people would believe it and because it was a failure economically it failed this system we have is feeling we have the reserve currency it will fail the big question is is are we going to be smart enough as a nation as a as individuals to make sure our governments give us the right to use sound money which has been traditionally for 6,000 years gold and silver they haven't repealed that yet so I think that there's room for optimism that we still have important things to do Thomas Massie deserves a lot of credit for the work he's carried on all our friends who have pushed on this and I'm glad they're still discussing it okay we have time for one more short one I think and this is up this would be a let's make-believe question it's gonna be if you've got the power this is Cameron Khan who writes in will skip the second one for now the first one if you were president right now what would be the first change you make oh the first Jim well the first thing you have to realize is you know in a in our system today the president is not an absolute dictator and can't you know do that overnight but what would be the philosophic and legislative change that I think would do the most good and that would to be root out the tax system yep get rid of the ability of government to taxes and then there would be any then there would be no way that they could spend the money but do just a little while ago we were discussing about their you span and they taxed they run up debt you know but when I say no more taxes I include the inflation tax so if we could stop the inflation tax stop the income tax we would make the point that individuals are sovereign people they have a right to their life they own their life and they should own the fruits of their labor but right now that isn't the case it's all goes to the government and even when they talk about TAF cuts right now what they're saying what they always say is it has to be a neutral tax if you cut here you have to raise over here I'm saying well you don't want to penalize the government the government has a right to this so we were we work on this assumption that the government owns us and they tell us how much we can keep so if I had the warned of changing the ideas I would say that the government the government no longer owns us and therefore they have no right to steal from us and taxation is theft and therefore that would be a different world and then the government would shrink and that's when I would be a happy person all right well you're out of the hot seat now okay and I want to thank our audience for tuning in today and hopefully you'll come back soon and spread the message

39 Comments

  1. Why is the same drug from the same company charging the USA more because the doctors and pharmaceutical lobby it this way cheat the system and by me a mistress. it's bullshick. Aca had problems but when everyone shares the bill everyone benefits no more co pay

  2. Cost egg crate for a bed in the hospital 75cents for 3 feet cost to you after the doctor Mark up 40 dollars the doctor make a killing after he cheats Medicaid. It's our fault when you don't question the provider. Doctors couldn't stand caps and oversights too there stealing. How many of you went to billing and ask for every line item to see How Your Doctor Cheat You by making all of us pay for high prices it's not free it raises our taxes it's the provider

  3. Universal single payer healcare #medicareforall will get rid of premiums and deductibles.

  4. Medicare for all saves the American people money, I thought you were a fiscal conservative?

  5. Every day I watch and listen to Dr. Paul's messages I get a big smile on my face…

  6. Do it Ron Paul 2020!!!!

  7. Some points that I have observed : 1) Mr. Paul still doesn't provide a solution for those who truly need medical care and who are destitute. He claims that people of low income will not be turned away, but the reality is that there ARE people who are not only turned away but taken financially to the cleaners by collection agencies for the doctors or hospitals they need. Not to mention, people can't always wait around while they are dying for the medical arena to become more "free market". At least, in the end he admits – there is no clear solution. 2) Mr. Paul still has yet to provide a suggestion on the problem of mainstream education as well as chronic unemployment. Surely, as a parent, he ought to realize that the "One size fits all" approach does not work for everyone. At 32, I currently don't have a high school diploma but I have been trying to find a job in order to earn the money to not only afford proper medical care (because I refuse to resort to fake and pathetic excuses such as Obamacare) but to go back to online high school (which IS more expensive but a more thorough education than the pathetic excuse known as the G.E.D), so I can go onto a higher institution of learning (trade/vocational jobs are not what I aspire to) and work towards a better paying/more fulfilling job. Unfortunately, at least in the state i live in now with the limitations I have, there are few if any opportunities. For people like myself or in a similar situation, there is no real solutions and that pathetic accuse of appealing to religious charities (which surprising can be JUST as flawed as the local and national governments) does not always work for everyone. I wish that Mr. Paul had some ideas on how to help those people, but as of yet, he has yet to provide one. How those problems will be fixed, I don't know. ,

  8. Ron Paul is giving no specifics. Just Free Markets cure all. It's not 1960. I remember having Aetna with a standard 80/20 policy, no co-pays. But prices at Doctors and Hospitals were fairly reasonable. Then came the HMO and from that time forward, service has gotten worse and prices have gotten out of control. Say what you will about Bernie Sanders, agree or disagree with his Medicare For All, but at least he gives specifics.

    Ron Paul mentions the Swiss, well they have a hybrid of public and private health insurance, but it's highly regulated. Instead of informing his viewers about it as a possible alternative all he talks about is the past and then he mentions the Amish. Are you kidding me?

    He mentions abolishing taxes. Who's going to pay for infrastructure, fire and police departments, etc. Whose going to clean the streets or make sure we have clean drinking water? Austerity and tax cuts since Reagan's failed trickle down economics have only benefitted the rich. The more this guy talks the more he reveals himself as an absolute moron.

  9. real honest report.

  10. What an idiot. Healthcare is a market failure. Insuring sick people is not a good way to make money.

  11. The healthcare market is not the same as consumer goods markets. Supply and demand often do not apply because the demand is elastic and the supply is often limited.

    If you get in a car crash and need emergency care, you don't have the luxury of shopping around for a provider that has the best service at the lowest cost. You are going to use the service that's available, regardless of the cost (hence why it's elastic demand). The same idea applies to most medical situations.

    Dr. Paul's example of the costs of lasic surgeries going down is an anomaly in healthcare. Lasic surgery is not a life or death situation, and therefore you have the ability to shop around. Also, the driving force for profitability in lasic is to become the best and most efficient. That is not necessarily the case for many medical situations. It is much more profitable to treat symptoms rather than treat the problem for many illnesses. If it were up to the free market, what do you think they would choose?

  12. I owe Dr Paul an immense debt on educating me about world affairs. I live in the UK and we have no one of a similar stature.
    I can't agree with his views on health care provision. We have the NHS which is single payer state funded. It's our pride and joy in the UK.
    I don't think me and Dr Paul will ever agree on that subject but he's still my " go-to" source on world affairs.

  13. Holy shit! The old buck can barely form sentences or complete thoughts… This man clearly has Alzheimer's

  14. Dr. Ron Paul is awesome…

  15. I wrote the name on that ballot in 2012!!!!

  16. taxation is theft. u made my day

  17. Your blindness (skewed rationalization) will mean massive deaths of the poor, the aged and minorities. Ron Paul your mouth can kill and there will be blood on your hands. Universal health care IS THE ONLY HUMAN SOLUTION and the piggy rich who create poverty with corrupting politicians, wars, lower taxes and a starvation minimum wage will pay for it. The present fixed system is "murder for money" and if the masses get a "REAL' leader (who won't be assassinated) there should be a massive backlash on the arrogant uncaring rich and it will be self preservation and self defence.

  18. I love Ron Paul, more and more people are starting to realize the central banks are just creating more and more debt and bubbles. Check how Australia's financial position has deteriorated: google australia debt to gdp

  19. Ron Paul or Daniel McAdams, is there any way I can reach you by email?

  20. Americans are lucky to have this man

  21. Amish, etc., perfect examples of extortion-less choice to help others. As long as you overlook that their 'labor and resource robbery' is extorted by threat of burning in hellfire for eternity and risk of expulsion from community, family, and home.

  22. Progressives and Libetarians should unite why does no one ever think that we could both be right? more than one idea can be right

  23. im all for tax cuts if its for EVERYONE not just the rich

  24. rand 2024, teach rand your ways ron

  25. This guy knows shit. He speaks straight outta deepest knowledge of the Book.

  26. ron paul is the man! you are the reason I became so interested in politics. thank you

  27. Half of America is getting free health care, and the other half is paying for it.

  28. competition is gone

  29. how can a small government prevent criminal shams, criminal cartels and criminal monopolies? markets need umpires and that has to be an government that is big enough to tackle these factors that occur in a free-market economy.

  30. I have a question – what is the libertarian answer to Carbon Tax?

  31. The Republic commits the people to fully fund a standing army , not to put that in the market place looking for mercenaries or hired guns. It requires domestic police, fire and civil defense to be fully funded by the Republic, so we don't have private security companies, land barons and feudal kingdoms. The same Republic requires the Government to be the primary funder for public welfare , health care and education. Not to put that in the market place to the lowest bidder. So there must be a limited primary care by the government for the poor, elderly, children, handicapped, veterans, and those middle class families facing medical bankruptcy. It cannot be placed in the free market place and everyone fends for themselves. It is just being cheap and stingy, to say that tax payers ought not be forced to be their brother's keeper, and everyone ought to be a tough individualist on their own, sink or swim. So that the Libertarians, being really confederate anti federalists who want to look after themselves and not the republic, they ought to just show their true colors. But if you believe the Constitution is a sacred and ordained commitment, then a basic right to health care is the meaning of promoting the general welfare that the people agreed to , to be a Nation. You cannot take the sacred oath and put that in the market place , Jesus drove the money changers out of the Temple for they made the Sacred Tithe no longer a gleaning for the poor and needy but they made of the Constitution of their Nation to be nothing more than a Market Place. The Market Place is the Baals the Lord of the Harvest , given to the myths of blind irrational natural laws that have no mercy on the poor. God took the Temple away from the Israelites because they were so cheap , using every excuse , they stole the Tithe from the Lord, and so their harvest failed, and their wealth dissipated.
    The idea that the Constitution was not required to have a single payer basis of welfare, education and health care is really nothing more than disestablishment politics, the death of the Republic and a return to the Land Barons and Feudal Society , where the next elevation of the wealthy is Royalty and Kings.

  32. Taxation IS theft. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. If think about it, the morality of Ron Paul is infinitely higher than Bernie Sanders. There is sth deeply immoral about the "selfless" selfish welfarists. Thats called the betrayal to economic principle, free choice and future generations.

  34. How does he fund defense if taxation is theft?

  35. This man is so rightous, you can't even find a bit of falseness. I really wish he started in 2020.

  36. Is there a way to ask Dr. Paul questions outside of Twitter? I don't have a twitter account.

  37. Dr. Paul should study the Islamic economic system No income tax and basic needs free of charge to the needy

  38. When Ron Paul says taxation is theft" ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฆ

  39. Who does he think he is, a doctor?

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